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Kentucky would be underdogs against greatest NCAA teams

How does this year's Kentucky basketball team fair against the greatest teams of all-time. Spoiler: they would be underdogs.

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There is no denying that this year's Kentucky Wildcats team is the best in college basketball, and they are also considered one of the best of all time with their current undefeated recored. There has even been the silly talk that the Wildcats could beat the hapless New York Knicks, but that is not even an argument.

Former Vegas oddsmaker David Malinsky and other gambling experts told Oskar Garcia of the Associated Press that this year's Kentucky team would be an underdog to many teams that are considered to be in the category of the best of all-time.

The 2014-15 Wildcats would be underdogs to the 2012 Kentucky title team (-3.5), the 1991 UNLV team that was undefeated heading into the Final Four before ultimately falling to Duke (-6), the undefeated Indiana team from 1976 (-6.5) and the Lew Alcindor led 1968 UCLA team which is considered the best in hoops history (-9.5). For those curious about the current Knicks team vs. this Wildcats squad, New York would be a 15-point favorite when playing by NBA rules.

Back to that 1990-91 UNLV team. They had three players drafted in the first round in Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon and Greg Anthony, and were the previous years champions. They ran into Duke in the Final Four and the Blue Devils got revenge, but that same squad is still considered one of the best of all-time.

To go one step further to test this game a simulator was used. We pitted that UNLV team against this year's Kentucky and had run a simulation on a neutral court, and it wasn't even close. The simulation has UNLV running away with this game by a score of 89-71.

These simulations are never perfect and one can point to Greg Anthony scoring zero points, yet the Rebels win by almost 20 points.